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SOURCE: 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Door Latch

i havnt come across any easy fixes for this but to replace the linkage in the door....sry to tell ya that.....

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Remote Entry System not working, 05 Chrysler T&C

there is an update foe the body control module that will generally fix the problem. you will ned to take it to the dealer to have it done.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

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SOURCE: 2000 ford windstar - rear driver power door latch stuck in shut/locked position; can't close the door since latch won't open to latch closed

put a screwdriver in the latch jaws and force it open

Posted on Jun 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Subaru liftgate lock stuck, liftgate won't close

You should open the tailgate and pull the handle and at the same time push the hook back so that it is not in the way of the lock bar when go to close it. Sounds like it just got jammed and should be able to be fixed with out having to replace. Assuming that it is not rusted and seized.

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SOURCE: I actually have a 2004 Freestar the liftgate is

faulty lock motor (solynoid) remove door trim to gain access when removed try unlocking with key manualy

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2007 escalade 2 front doors wont trigger dome light but rear 2 doors do? Also killing battery on vehicle, I suspect maybe radio stays on due to vehicle not knowing driver left vehicle.


Door ajar switches maybe bad . Take the door panel off ,find a wiring diagram an test the circuit . Or you could check at the BCM ,would still need wiring diagram so you know what wire is what . Do you know how to test electrical circuits using a DVOM - digital volt ohm meter ? Could also take it to a qualified repair shop an have the BCM checked for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes .
The BCM, the door switches, and the liftgate module (LGM) (if equipped with power liftgate) communicate through the GMLAN serial data circuit for the lamp illumination commands of the doors, liftgate, and liftglass open/ajar switch signals. The LGM receives a ground signal from the pawl switch, ratchet switch, and liftglass ajar switch that are located within the liftgate latch and liftglass latch. For all vehicles, the left and right rear door latch switches are both on one circuit that is also an input to the BCM.
If the vehicle has a manual liftgate, there is an input circuit from the liftgate latch switch and liftglass latch switch directly to the BCM.
The left and right front door courtesy lamps receive voltage and ground from the driver door switch and the passenger door switch respectively. The remaining courtesy lamps are controlled and receive voltage through the BCM from the CTSY fuse in the instrument panel fuse block.

DTC B2555 01: Passenger Compartment Lamp Control Circuit Short to Battery
DTC B2555 02: Passenger Compartment Lamp Control Circuit Short to Ground

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2008 Cadillac srx power tailgate opens fine, but won't close with the remote. I can't hear the motor. The auto close button doesn't work either. Is there a fuse or relay? If so where is it?


An electronic control module controls it .
The liftgate module (LGM) controls operation of the liftgate latch motor and the liftgate actuator assembly. Do you have a Liftgate Ajar Indicator ON ? Or a message in the message center driver information center (DIC) illuminates the LIFT GATE AJAR indicator ? The liftgate control module could have a DTC - diagnostic trouble code in memory !

When open, the liftgate can be closed by either a keyless entry transmitter or the liftgate close switch. When a GMLAN serial data message or switch input is seen, the liftgate module begins the close sequence. The liftgate motor is reversed, lowering the liftgate until it latches into the liftgate latch. Once latched, the latch will cinch the liftgate to a fully closed position.
Power liftgate function will only be allowed if certain operating criteria are met. Any of the following may cause the power liftgate not to function:
?€¢ Vehicle is not in park. ?€¢ Engine cranking is present. ?€¢ Temperature limits have been exceeded. ?€¢ Liftgate motor overcurrent is detected. ?€¢ Excessive hall effect counts are seen. ?€¢ System voltage is out of range. ?€¢ A DTC is set that disables power liftgate functionality. The liftgate also receives inputs from 2 object detection sensors. If either of these sensors indicate an object is in the path of the liftgate, liftgate functions will be suspended until the object is removed.

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Tailgate door wont latch


IT sounds like you closed the Trunk/ Liftgate with the Latch partway closed. Lube the Latch and hopefully it is not bent. If it is not latching, you can try and ensure it is aligned propery (use a piece of Tape and see where it is hitting the STRIKER...

If not, you are going to be replacing the Latching Mechanism.

Apr 06, 2013 | 2009 Honda CR-V

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I just bought an equinox 2005 LS and I dont know how to lock the rear door.


To unlock the liftgate, press the unlock button on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter twice or use the power door lock switch.
To lock the liftgate, press the lock button on the RKE transmitter or use the power door lock switch. The liftgate does not have a key lock cylinder.
To open the liftgate, pull up on the handle located in the center of the liftgate.
When closing the liftgate, use the molded handles to pull the liftgate down. Push the liftgate closed until it latches.

Jul 08, 2011 | 2005 Chevrolet Equinox

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Where is the liftgate sensor? my interior lights will stay on because the system thinks the liftgate is open.


its in the liftgate latch. Take some wd40 and a screwdriver. Spray the wd40 on the latch and use the screwdriver to open and close the latch. Had to do it on my front passenger door a few times.

Jan 14, 2011 | 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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My liftgate ajar warning light comes on after car is started. however liftgate is latched. any ideas?


try rolling down a window or leaving a door open, shut liftgate hard. see if it still shows liftgate ajar. on my explorer the seals in door and windows shut so tightly that it was almost impossible to get the gate closed completely with doors closed and windows up.

if this doesn't help then you might need a new switch on it.

Feb 05, 2010 | 2003 Lincoln Navigator

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1993 jeep grand cherokee liftgate wont open


i just fixed the liftgate on my 1998 JGC Laredo this afternoon: door handle, when lifted, does not release latch mechanism

here is a solution that may apply to you...

1. open liftgate flipper window
2. remove door panel screws from inside
3. use coat hanger to pull up on locking mechanism arm (at the bottom) to release latch mechanism
4. with door now open, remove remaining door panel screws to completely remove door panel
5. adjust the positioning of the latch rod in its retaining clip (open clip and reposition rod)
in my case, I had took much slack and repositioned the rod by a few threads (about 1/8th inch) in the clip.
be sure rod is seated fully in the clip and that the clip is securely closed
5. test your fix before re-assembling everything

want a long, detailed version? let me know.

Aug 22, 2009 | 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2001 Ford Escape Rear Hatch won't unlock


The liftgate consists of the following components:
  • liftgate door lock actuator
  • liftgate lock cylinder (if equipped)
  • liftgate window glass
  • liftgate window latch/ajar switch
  • liftgate window glass release handle
  • liftgate latch remote control which consists of the following component:
    • liftgate release handle
  • liftgate latch, which consist of the following component:
    • liftgate latch door ajar switch
Liftgate Latch Actuator Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the liftgate latch remote control. For additional information, refer to Liftgate Latch Remote Control in this section.
SECTION 501-14: Handles, Locks, Latches and Entry Systems 2001 Escape Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Liftgate Latch Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the liftgate trim panel.
  1. Disconnect the liftgate ajar switch electrical connector.
  1. Disconnect the liftgate latch actuating rod.
    1. Open the clip.
    1. Disconnect the actuating rod.
  1. Remove and discard the liftgate latch bolts.
  1. Remove the liftgate latch.
  1. NOTE: Make sure the liftgate latch release rod is not preloading the latch. It should be clipped in a relaxed state with no slack.
    NOTE: Position the liftgate latch release rod by pushing outboard to remove the slack.
  1. Remove the screws and the liftgate latch actuator
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May 29, 2009 | 2001 Ford Escape

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Interior lights will not turn off


get in vehicle and make sure all doors are closed and liftgate and liftgate glass are closed turn on ignition and see if warning of door ajar is on .if so then one of the door ajar switchs are stuck. purchase a can of PB BLASTER available at your local auto parts store and lube all latch assembleys on vehicle then open and close all doors 10 to 15 times this will usually free up the stuck switch. note spray the latch assembleys really good so it will reach the switch which is hidden in the latch.

Jan 09, 2009 | 2004 Ford Explorer

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Hte back door wont open


Probably a issue with your actuator... there is a recall due to the "latching system does not meet the inertia load requirement" might want to check with the dealership to see if your vehicle is with this group, hope this helps :)

Recall 04V602000: Liftgate Latch Release Rod Replacement

Certain 2004-2005 sport utility vehicles and certain 2001-2003 sport utiity vehicles having rear liftgate components serviced with 2004 equivalent components fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components." The rear liftgate latching system does not meet the inertia load requirement in one direction.

Jul 26, 2008 | 2001 Ford Escape

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